Community Press Release – DAR

Daughters of the American Revolution present the Essay Contests. Rise and Shine for America!

Three Oaks, MI – August 19, 2021

Students in 5th Grade through 8th grade are invited to participate in the Contest. The topic for the school for 2021-2022 and the Essay is “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”: November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”. Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefield of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family.

Students in Grade 9 through 12 are invited to participate in the Contest. The topic for this school year (2021-2022) is “Patriots of the American Revolution”. Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783). Discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and contribution to the founding of a new nation. Your figure may be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.

The length of your document will need to be 300-1000 words, depending on grade level. Essays will be turned over to their teacher, counselor, or department head no later than Friday, October 22nd.

The teachers, counselors, and leaders will get the information right after Labor Day. For more information contact Teri Showalter of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter, Three Oaks, MI. Call her by phone: 219-778-4147 or email

Priscilla Lee Hellenga, Publicity (574-876-5448)

About the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter

Chapter History – The Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR, Three Oaks, Michigan, was organized July 9, 1909, with a membership of seventeen.  It was chartered December 21, 1909, with fourteen members.  Since Three Oaks had secured the Dewey Cannon at the close of the Spanish-American War, it was decided to name the Chapter after Admiral Dewey’s great grandmother.  Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR currently has 30 Members.

Dewey Cannon – This cannon, captured in the Spanish-American War by Admiral Dewey, was presented to Three Oaks when its citizens raised $1,400 for a memorial to the men of the battleship Maine. This was the largest contribution, per capita, of any community in the nation. “Three Oaks Against the World,” a local paper proudly boasted. This park was dedicated October 17, 1899, by President William McKinley, and others. Presentation of the cannon took place on June 28, 1900. Guest of honor was Helen Miller Gould, called the Spanish-American War’s “Florence Nightingale.” Thousands of people were in attendance on each occasion.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter
Contact: Kathleen Avery Alton, Chapter Regent
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Historic Marker “The Dewey Cannon”, Three Oaks, MI

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